When I first saw this recipe, I wasn't sure if it would work. Butternut squash as a pizza topping? But then, it also had caramelized onions, something that can add a layer of delicious to just about anything. It also calls for roasted butternut squash, and roasting makes just about anything more flavorful and delicious. Turns out, I'm definitely glad I decided to give this recipe a try - the resulting pizza turned out delectably. The sweetly savory caramelized onions perfectly complemented the sweet roasted butternut squash for a combination that I just can't quite describe. The rosemary also added another dimension of flavor, and while optional, is something I'd certainly recommend adding a little bit of on top of the cheese so it can get nice and crispy and flavorful. For this pizza, I also opted to use a tomato paste pizza sauce, but I think next time, I would simply let the caramelized onions serve as the pizza sauce. I think just using the caramelized onions instead of pizza sauce would really allow the flavor those onions that you spent so long caramelizing to really shine through. When I brought this pizza to work for lunch, however, I was informed that I can't call it a pizza since it has butternut squash on it. But the person couldn't tell me what something with a pizza crust and topped with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions would be called, so until I'm informed of what this dish should properly be called, I'm going with pizza. And thus, I present Roasted Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza!
|1/2||butternut squash, cubed|
|2 cloves||garlic, minced|
|pizza crust||I used a garlic herb pizza crust.|
|cheese||I used mozzarella, cheddar, and pepper jack.|
- Toss butternut squash with salt, pepper, and oil.
- Roast the squash until tender.
- Caramelize onions, adding garlic towards the end.
- Spread tomato paste (optional), and then caramelized onions over the pizza crust, followed by butternut squash and cheese.
- Sprinkle rosemary over cheese.
- Bake until cheese melted and rosemary crispy.